Bill Bennett Interview

GLENN BECK PROGRAM


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GLENN: Now, Bill Bennett is on the phone with me and, Bill, I just wanted to tell you something I don't think I've ever told you. You changed my life and I don't -- I am not exaggerating by that. You actually changed my life.

BENNETT: Really?

GLENN: I read the Book of Virtues when my kids were little and I was so taken by it, I read it myself without the kids. And in there is a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr. You know that one?

BENNETT: Yeah, sure.

  America: The Last Best Hope


by William J. Bennett

GLENN: And I am a recovering alcoholic and I had just sobered up and I had just decided that I was -- I didn't really believe in anything that I hadn't been told. I didn't discover anything. Here I am 30 something years old. I didn't know any -- I didn't know what truth was because I had never really searched for it. And I'm reading this in your book, "Book of Virtues" and the line is one of the only things that I had ever tried to memorize, it just made such an impact on me is above all things, when it comes to religion, fix reason firmly in her seat for if there be a God he must surely rather honest questions over blindfolded fear.

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: And that changed the course of my life.

BENNETT: Wow.

GLENN: I want to thank you, sir.

BENNETT: Well, I'm on talk radio now. I'm not supposed to be speechless, but I am. Thank you, Glenn. Did you get my note?

GLENN: I didn't get your note.

BENNETT: Well, you get so much mail, gosh knows. I used a regular, you know, handwritten note, not an iPod, not an email. Someone told me, and, you know, may not be true but someone told me that you said on the radio that on very special occasions in people's lives, you send them the "Book of Virtues."

GLENN: I do. Whenever there's a birth of a friend or anybody, that is a guaranteed gift that they get.

BENNETT: All right, somebody needs a lift and a laugh, I'm going to send them "An Inconvenient Book."

GLENN: Hey, suicidal, have you read this?

BENNETT: No, but the thing about it, though, I am interested in the paragraph by paragraph business with Al Gore.

GLENN: Oh, it's -- you know, it only took about 19 pages to take him apart and he's been eviscerated. It's not a tough job but I was glad to do it.

BENNETT: Maybe you should send it to the White House since Mr. Gore's going.

GLENN: Yes, right. I want to talk to you about an idea that I had, and I know you have a book out called America, The Last Best Hope and it is Volume 2. It's the history of the 20th century.

BENNETT: What it is, Glenn, let me explain it. It's volumes 1 and 2. They are out in a box set with a CD that we did called Remembering Ronald Reagan. I put the books out separately first but Volume 2 came out the day of the Blacksburg shooting and so it was, you know, it was another casualty of that day, a surely less important casualty than the others. So we're trying to make a push on the two volumes now because we got no attention then for understandable reasons. It is a two volume -- it's a history of the United States, it's to correct, you know, what our kids don't know and it's to make it readable and interesting. I can't say it's funny but I do think it's a good -- it's well told.

GLENN: I have to tell you I can't wait to read it. I haven't read it yet but I can't wait to read it for a couple of reasons. Have you seen The History of the English Speaking Peoples 1900 to 2000?

BENNETT: Yes, I have.

GLENN: That is the most shocking, politically incorrect book I have -- 

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: It is worth the price of the book for the last paragraph alone that says if -- and I'm paraphrasing. I'm butchering it horribly, but someday when the power of these people is gone, the world will weep when they realized what they have lost.

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: And I just can't believe it and I would assume that you have written our history in the same way, that it is pro us.

BENNETT: It's definitely pro us in this way. I quote Moynihan in the beginning. I quote a Democrat, Pat Moynihan saying, you know, am I embarrassed to speak for a less and perfect democracy; I am not; find me a better one. Have we done terrible things? Yes, we have. How did our people find out about them? They found out about them by reading the newspaper and listening. But we have done so immeasurably many more good things that we are still indeed the last best hope of Earth. I say it's the second greatest story ever told, the best political story ever told.

GLENN: Bill, I am -- are you familiar with Skousen?

BENNETT: Skousen, yeah, sure. Not for a while but yes. Cleon Skousen.

GLENN: Yeah, Cleon Skousen, he's been dead for a while but just fantastic. There's a book out, I know it was -- I think it was popular with Reagan, the 5,000 Year Leap, at least there's a quote on the back of the book.

BENNETT: Yes.

GLENN: But he's fantastic. I read, I went back because I'm so concerned about how our country has just gone out of the tracks. We're not even -- we don't even recognize what we are anymore. And I went back and I read "The Naked Communist" and at the end of that, Skousen -- that was a book that was written in 1956. They end of that Skousen says everybody, if you really want to combat this, every person must have a freedom library. And what it is is a collection of books that tells the truth of who we really are.

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: Because he predicted in the Fifties, someday soon you won't be able to find the truth in schools or in libraries or anywhere else because it won't be print and more. So you must collect those books. Can you hold on for a second?

BENNETT: Of course.

GLENN: I need to take a break and then I'd like to pick your brain of what you think those books should be, where do you even start.

BENNETT: Sure, I will.

GLENN: We'll do that here in just a second.

William Bennett, the name of his book is America, The Last Best Hope, Volume 1 and 2. Back with him in just a second.

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GLENN: Came out today. I'm talking to William Bennett about a freedom library. It's an idea of read from Cleon Skousen from his book in the 1950s, "The Naked Communist" and where he talked about someday the history of this country's going to be lost because it's going to be hijacked by intellectuals and communists and everything else and I think we're there. A friend of mine told me that they had a test come back, I believe for their second grader, and, Bill, it said how many Thanksgivings are there in America. Do you know what the answer is?

BENNETT: No.

GLENN: Two. There was one with the pilgrims and then there was another one, and I've got to book this one up. There's another one where Mexico won a big battle and they give thanks like the 1st of April or, you know, the first couple of weeks of April.

BENNETT: Missed it. I'll check.

GLENN: I didn't hear that.

BENNETT: Well, it's our worst subject. American history is our worst subject and I used to report on these numbers when I was secretary of Ed, history and math. But we're worst in American history and that's a shame.

GLENN: Where would you start on a freedom library to be able to make sure -- that's why I love the "Book of Virtues" so much. You have the, you know, "I cannot tell a lie, I did chop down the cherry tree" and I don't even know where I learned that, but I know I learned it as a kid and I wonder what kids are learning that now. I bet they're not.

BENNETT: No, they're not. They're learning other stuff but, you know, I'm in favor of knowledge. I don't care. You know, it's fine to learn about this Mexican day but let's get the other stuff in there, too, and let's get the ones that are so formative. I'll give you the simple freedom library. You know, you look at the great figures. Often there's just one or two books. They said Lincoln. You know this, Glenn, Lincoln, it was Shakespeare and the Bible. That's all he needed. My American reader, if you only had two, say you restricted me to two books, the Federalist Papers and Huckleberry Finn.

GLENN: You know, it's so funny that you said that because I've been thinking Mark Twain and I couldn't think of anything other than Huck Finn because it shows a slice of who we really are.

BENNETT: Yeah, it is. And it's not -- you know, it's not just back to the raft, phone, and the race issue. This idea, and you know, you and I grew up differently, different backgrounds but it is the quintessential American idea. Every boy thinks at some point about getting on that raft, you know, and going down the Mississippi, you know, finding your way, you know. And so it is the quintessential American story.

When I had my first job in government, Glenn, I asked 100 famous Americans, 50 liberal, 50 conservative, what are the five books everybody should read by the time they finish high school, and that was one of them. Believe it or not, that was one of the top five and there's a reason, you know, that book is there.

GLENN: You know, in your history Books of America, Volume 1, Volume 2, "America, the Last Best Hope," you said that America has -- this is just in the introduction, America has a knack for choosing the right leaders when the nation most needs them.

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: I have to tell you, I don't think we've needed a leader this badly in quite some time and I have yet -- everybody claims they're Ronald Reagan. I have yet to see a Ronald Reagan or a Winston Churchill anywhere on the planet today.

BENNETT: Right. But remember, Ronald Reagan was not Ronald Reagan before he took office. Remember the worries about him? Go back and read what some of our dearest conservative friends were writing about Reagan, things he had done, the taxes in California, signing the abortion bill, all sorts of things. You know, Shakespeare says some are born great, some achieve greatness and have greatness thrust upon them and I think with Reagan it was a combination. The times partly made him.

GLENN: Do you believe that -- do you still believe America will choose the right leader for our times?

BENNETT: It will when it has to. My guess is with you, Glenn. I think this is the time for, if for nothing else more than what you're talking about on your show. I don't get to hear the radio show so often, but I see the TV show. The moral clarity, which I think is what you're after, and that is really what we're after. I just saw your show yesterday, you know, talking about the immigration issues, talking about the other issues. Just to see the world the way it is.

GLENN: Yeah. Just tell the truth.

BENNETT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's it.

BENNETT: Tell the truth.

GLENN: Yeah. Do you have a candidate? Do you have somebody that you think, this probably is my guy?

BENNETT: Nope, not yet. I probably wouldn't say so if I do. I like the Republicans. I think there's something to be said and something to be said against each of the frontrunners.

GLENN: Yeah, I agree. I don't know of a time when we've had this depth of choice.

BENNETT: It's great, yeah. I could see each of these guys, the top four or five, you know, emerging as a great leader, too.

GLENN: Bill Bennett, thank you so much, man. I appreciate it and really, I mean it sincerely. You did change my life just because you had the courage to tell the history of America accurately and I appreciate it.

BENNETT: Well, thank you. You almost changed mine when I started in radio. You said, do you think you're going to be able to do this? I said I don't know. So I almost changed my mind.

GLENN: Well, there you go.

BENNETT: Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. Thanks. Bill Bennett.

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Palestine launches a record number of rockets into Israel

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Here's what you're about to hear from the media, multiple world leaders, and probably even the UN over the next few days. Are you ready? Here it goes: ISRAEL ATTACKS GAZA… THE IDF HAS LAUNCHED MULTIPLE AIRSTRIKES AIMED AT PALESTINIANS… WILL ISRAEL INVADE PALESTINE?!

It's the same old song and dance. And people actually have the balls to call ME an anti semite for criticizing George Soros?! These same media outlets, world leaders, etc. etc. will actually call Donald Trump an inciter of anti semitism… forget the fact that he moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and scuttled the Iran deal. They'll prop up people like President Obama for giving real anti semites - people like Ayatollah Khomeini - billions of dollars that have literally no other purpose for that money than to go kill Jews. Has the world gone absolutely insane? Totally a rhetorical question by the way… the world has definitely gone insane.

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Now here's what's really going on right now in Israel. First, this is kind of long, but allow me to quote from the Hamas charter. I also want to point out that Hamas… is a terror organization:

The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine (Israel) is an Islamic Waqf (land) consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf (land) consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day … Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.

So in other words this is the "no justice no peace" declaration for Hamas. And "justice" for them is the destruction of Israel… and they will pursue that regardless of whether the international community tries to broker a peace deal. It will never stop! Hamas wants Israel destroyed simply for existing. They want Jews dead simply for being alive.

This is hurtling towards a much larger conflict.

Over the past 72 hours, over 400 rockets have been fired by Hamas into Israel. Rockets fired directly at Jewish civilians. It is the largest escalation of rocket fire Hamas has ever done. They shoot at Israeli civilians and then they hide behind Palestinian civilians. How does a terror organization get a pass by the global community with this behavior? Who but an actual anti-semite would justify the killing of Jews by terrorists?

This is hurtling towards a much larger conflict. The IDF is moving additional troops and armor to the border. A limited ground invasion is possible. Will Hezbollah join in the fight from Lebanon? Will Iranian troops that have been setting up shop in Syria join in as well? We have to stand with Israel because, if we don't, history has shown - time and time again - that no one else will.

Here's a story about rampant intolerance toward LGBT people, who were harassed, bullied and assaulted so much that they had to flee.

Those two sentences are the kind of scenarios that virtue-signaling leftists get worked up about. They hear words and phrases like that and, boy, they are ready to go and fight the Trump supporters who are bullying those LGBT people.

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Only, the bullies I am talking about are not even Americans. In fact, by most leftist accounts, they are victims. Of course, it should not surprise us anymore that the left is siding with bullies, under the guise of fighting bullies, by the way.

I'm talking about the migrant caravan. About 76 LGBT people fled the main migrant caravan that is moving through Mexico. They faced constant verbal abuse from their fellow migrants for being LGBT. Homophobia. Not very tolerant. It's almost as if this caravan is not the doe-eyed group of angelic wanderers that the media would lead us to believe. Because that is some real intolerance.

Boy I hope they get sensitivity training before they get to California—maybe Starbucks will pay for it. I hope they're reading Michel Foucault while they're marching this way, prepping for the enlightened new world they're about to encounter.

The LGBT caravan members had plenty more to say about the living conditions of the caravan.

As if this whole tangle of events needed to get any more complicated: Here we are.

One of them told NBC, "Even to bathe was a big problem, and when we wanted to shower there was no water...same with food."

As if this whole tangle of events needed to get any more complicated: Here we are. The irrational left—despite its obsession with protecting disadvantaged and bullied people—is defending a horde of people who have elements of homophobia so strong that a contingent of its members had to flee for their safety.

10 survival lessons from the Great Depression

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As we've seen with the 2008 Great Recession and the stock market ups and downs the past few weeks, our society will never be immune to negative economic outcomes.

Whether it be a stock market crash or a foreign attack on our banking systems, there are a variety of potential situations that could negatively impact our financial well-being as individuals and as a country.

Fortunately, there's a lot we can learn about preparation for economic worst-case scenarios simply by looking at the recent past—the Great Depression, for example.

The Great Depression started when the stock market crashed in 1929 and lasted until 1939. By its lowest point in 1933, roughly 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country's banks had failed.

Thanks to human resilience and creativity, many people were able to survive this tough time in U.S. history.

That's why today I'm sharing ten concrete survival tips we can glean from the Great Depression. Understanding what people did to survive during this tough economic period helps us to prepare in advance for similar situations.

With tightening monetary policies and geopolitical risks, Morgan Stanley analysts have determined that 2018 is on track to be the most volatile since the financial crisis.

There's no better time to read this list and prepare yourself and your loved ones.

And with that, here they are...

#1 Grow your own food

During periods of economic hardship, the last thing you want to do is rely on external systems for your own food sources.

During the Great Depression, the United States' industrial production dropped by half.

Farmers couldn't afford to harvest their crops, and bread lines, soup kitchens, and rising numbers of homeless people became fairly common in America's towns and cities.

About 20 percent of the population lived on farms. Fortunately, many city dwellers still had gardening knowledge from their country days. If your family had a cow and a garden, you were considered rich.

Today, with a growing urban population, it's less common to possess basic gardening knowledge. We've lost that skill overall in our culture.

But in the case that grocery stores become too expensive or simply run out of food during a financial meltdown, it will be essential to know how to grow your own food.

Take the time now to learn how to plant and harvest foods—whether in your house, backyard, or on your rooftop.

At My Patriot Supply, we have a product called the Survival Seed Vault by Patriot Seeds, which are perfect for gardens like those grown during the depression.

Containing 21 varieties of USDA Certified Organic Heirloom Seeds, they can last 5+ years in proper storage.

#2 Learn to hunt, fish and forage

Like learning to garden, it's equally important to learn to find and hunt your own animal protein sources...before disaster strikes.

If you have a family member or friend who's experienced, there's no better time than now to ask for a lesson in the basics. Who knows? Maybe you'll discover a new hobby along the way.

During the Great Depression, foraging for edible plants helped many people sustain themselves.

For example, nuts and wild asparagus were common findings for families that would go out foraging for the day. Identify the areas in your local community where you can find and harvest additional food. Keeping a deck of Edible Wild Foods Playing Cards nearby would be of help as well.

#3 Turn to a barter system if banking systems shut down

In the years and decades before the Great Depression, banks were revered. No one ever considered the idea that they could fail and that their money would simply disappear. When many of the banks closed down as a result of the crisis, the only cash people had was whatever they had on hand or stored up at home. This was unfortunate, because the banks would close down with virtually no warning—leaving no time to go make cash withdrawals from accounts. And people were forced to rely on other forms of value exchange.

Bartering is an age-old practice that human civilizations have used for generations—even before banks were created.

During the Depression, payment was often made with eggs, fresh milk or produce. Bartering was also beneficial because it meant that families could add different types of food to their meals—expanding the variety of produce they could consume.

Bartering makes an additional case for learning to grow, hunt and forage for food—it gives you more of a base to use in negotiations and trades. Bear in mind that food isn't the only valuable item—during the Depression, things like wood could be collected, split and exchanged as firewood.

In our modern-day context, everything from additional fuel for camp stoves to ammunition for weapons can be valuable barter items. See our recent Survival Scout article on the Top 15 Items That Disappear When Disasters Strike for more valuable barter items.

#4 Be as resourceful as possible

If you have a grandparent or parent that lived through the Great Depression, you've likely heard or seen them express values of resourcefulness and frugality. They were our last, truly self-reliant generation.

For example, they might tell stories about how they used...

  • Pieces of rubber tires as replacement soles when shoes were worn through.
  • Anything and everything you might find in the kitchen or that was donated by others to make what became known as "Depression Soup."
  • Flour-sacks to make dresses.
  • Newspapers to wrap presents.

Knowing how to reuse and recycle everything was the name of the game in those days—and something we can all benefit from.

Challenge yourself to see everything as multifunctional, and get creative with what various items can be used for, in the event that your resources are depleted.

#5 Sleep outside during heat waves

Air conditioning is a luxury many of us take for granted. In the case that it becomes too much to afford or your unit breaks and replacement parts cost you a small fortune, you'll need to find ways to beat the heat.

During the summer months of the Great Depression, it wasn't uncommon to see whole families sleeping on their front lawns or in local parks.

Additionally, they would use other cool-down tactics such as hanging wet sheets over doorways. Hot air was slightly cooled as it passed through the wet fabric.

#6 Strengthen family and community bonds

During the Great Depression, it wasn't uncommon to have grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins living in the same house or vehicle. With so many displaced, it was critical to rely on extended family for help.

The same was true of neighbors, and you'd see people donating meals and money whenever possible. Some communities even organized what they called "surprise parties." They would collect food and necessities (including cash), and then designate a particular family to receive the collection at each surprise party.

This spirit of generosity and community bonds is apparent in many stories from the Depression. The people who did well during this difficult time were often those who depended on family and friends and were able to be depended on by others.

Take the time to establish and strengthen these bonds, with neighbors and your local community, now—don't wait until an economic collapse makes everyone desperate.

#7 Be a jack-of-all-trades

When it came to finding work during the Depression, it helped to be a jack-of-all-trades. These people could often find work when others couldn't.

The following skills will come in handy during periods of hardship:

  • Sewing/knitting
  • Fixing plumbing
  • Home or car repairs
  • Gardening, canning/food preserving
  • Sharpening or making tools
  • Butchering and curing meat
  • Metal- or woodworking
  • Gunsmithing
  • Cheese or candle making
  • Recognizing wild edibles

In our knowledge-based economy today, handymen and jacks-of-all-trades are harder to come by. Develop a competitive advantage and learn these skills now. They will certainly come in handy (no pun intended) later.

#8 Stock up on supplies

During the Great Depression, housewives could be judged by how many jars they had "put up" during harvest season.

When things go awry, you can bet that items will be flying off the shelves at local stores. Don't wait until then to stock up on the essentials, or to start canning and jarring your own food. Make sure you have enough stored up to last you for several months, at the very least.

To get you started, at My Patriot Supply, we sell a Three-Month Emergency Food Supply that can provide you with a strong hedge against economic downturn. With a 25-year shelf life, this supply includes delicious meals that average 2,000+ calories per day for one person.

#9 Don't rely on credit cards or loans

Too many of us rely on credit cards and loans from the bank to make big-ticket purchases.

However, during the Depression, many people had to buy their first cars and homes in one lump sum since they couldn't rely on a bank to give them a loan. To do this, they would live with family members and save whatever cash they could as they worked.

Avoid taking out a loan and going into debt—and start saving a supply of cash now.

You should also make sure you have a supply of assets outside of cash or credit. Whether it be houses, land or precious metals, make wise investments into long-lasting items of value. As we've seen with the Great Depression, keeping the majority of your wealth and money stored at the bank isn't exactly the most secure solution.

#10 Remain positive 

Aside from relying on barter systems, growing your own food, and learning to hunt and scavenge, there's a great deal of mental resilience needed to survive tough events like the Great Depression.

According to Murray Hunn, head of global research at Elliott Wave International, "We think the major economies are on the cusp of this turning into the worst recession we have seen in 10 years."

With predictions like this, there's cause for preparation.

And as one woman who survived the Great Depression shared, "Poppy always said the world turns and everything that has happened would happen again. I am sure if he were still with us today he would be warning us to start a garden and buy some chickens."

Take these lessons in stride, and learning from the past makes all the difference when life as we know it changes drastically.


This article originally appeared on MyPatriotSupply.com.

Betting on Beto

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If you're a Republican candidate and you lose a national election, it's pretty much curtains for you.

Not so if you're a Democrat! In fact, losing on the national stage is almost a prerequisite for becoming president. Take Hillary Clinton for an example, just off the top of my head. She had her coronation stolen in 2008 by some guy named Barack Obama. If she'd been a Republican she would've gone the way of, well, Sarah Palin. Instead, Hillary scrapped and clawed her way back to the nomination. Surely, surely her 2016 loss would be the final nail in the coffin of her presidential dreams. Except Democrats are so unsure of themselves, and so terrified of President Trump, that it would not be that surprising if they handed her the keys to the party machine for the third time in 2020.

RELATED: The midterms proved at least one thing, voters couldn't care less about celebrity endorsements

Many Democrats would like to see Hillary's revenge in 2020, but a lot more dream of a world in which Barack and Michelle Obama rule as king and queen for life. Since a constitutional amendment to abolish term limits is unlikely, however, Democrats are ready to run with the next best thing – Hope & Change 2.0 himself, Beto O'Rourke. They're already spinning his loss to Ted Cruz in the Senate race as a huge positive because now he's freed up to focus on running for president! And by that, they really mean he's freed up to start raising boatloads of cash for the party.

Granted, if Bobby Frank had defeated Cruz, the Democratic primaries would already be over. His presidential nomination would've been a done deal. But Dems won't let a little Senate race loss deter destiny. Yesterday, one Democratic strategist said:

"I hate to say this because it would piss off a lot of Democrats but the fact is, we have so many people and we really have nobody that's thrilling, nobody that would send a thrill up Chris Matthews' leg except for Beto."

That pretty much sums up the left's presidential criteria – Chris Matthews' level of leg-thrill.

That pretty much sums up the left's presidential criteria – Chris Matthews' level of leg-thrill. That and universal health care.

Beto told MSNBC last week that he won't run for president in 2020. Playing hard to get is another Democratic prerequisite for a White House run. Beto-mania is just getting started.